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Windows 7: Invisible Hard Drive

22 Mar 2009   #1
patrickt

Windows7 beta 7000
 
 
Invisible Hard Drive

I have two hard drives. I've been running Win7 x32. Tonight I installed Win7x64. I installed it by mistake on my data drive. No problem running it. I can see both hard drives when I look in System or in Computer Management but not in Devices and not when I open Computer.

In Computer Management I told it to set up the drive for indexing and it did. Since it has system files I can't format it.


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22 Mar 2009   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Does it have a drive letter ?

If not, rt click it in Disk Management and add a drive letter - the one it offers should be fine.

Hope it helps

SIW2
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22 Mar 2009   #3
RLeeA3

Win 7 beta
 
 

But it is best to hide Operating Sys Drives in Different Boot-ups
I Do this so Different OS will not check them

Also Use Vista Boot 3.3
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23 Mar 2009   #4
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Win7 doesnt show empty drives by default. To view them go to tools/options in windows explorder and select the view tab. Untick hide empty drives in the computer folder.
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23 Mar 2009   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Patrickt,

It is possible to change System drives. I have all my boot partitions set up as potential System partitions - just need to hand the Active flag to whichever I choose.

If you go to Folder options >View> untick Hide protected operating system files>Apply>OK.

You can see this on the System drive - the Boot folder and bootmgr.

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It may be easier and nearly as quick for you to reinstall 7x64 on the 7x32 drive - I assume that is what you originally planned.

Hope it helps.


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28 Nov 2011   #6
deeppit

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Does it have a drive letter ?

If not, rt click it in Disk Management and add a drive letter - the one it offers should be fine.

Hope it helps

SIW2

thank you very much
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